Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil (R) outlasted Kevin Lee in their UFC Rochester main event before submitting the former lightweight title contender in the fourth round.
Before the start of the third round on Saturday night, Green scanned the crowd inside the Blue Cross Arena. Among the bright lights and 8,132 fans in attendance chanting his name, he looked over to section 123 and locked eyes with her.
Some people dont even want their mom to be here, Green said. But like shes my best friend. Shes like my biggest fan. So being able to lock eyes with her in that third, it gave me that much more energy.
Rafael dos Anjos: 2018 was not a good year for dos Anjos. He was unable to secure a win, falling to Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman in five-round decisions. Many were questioning if his previous success at welterweight was a fluke or if he was on the backside of a long, albeit successful, career. Though many will still question whether he is a legit welterweight contender as Lee is a former lightweight himself, its obviously premature to say dos Anjos is past his prime. He weathered the early storm from Lee, allowing the younger fighter to exhaust himself in the process. Dos Anjos capitalized, securing a submission when he recognized Lee was mentally done. The former lightweight champion isnt going to be in any title shots any time soon, but hes set up to be in pivotal divisional contests for a while yet.
Submission! Watch Felicia Spencer choke out Megan Anderson in debut at UFC Rochester
His mothers calming presence gave Green, a Rochester native fighting in front of friends and family for the first time in the 585 under the UFC banner, the confidence he would need to defeat Charles Jourdain (9-2) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Rochester by unanimous decision.
Green now has two straight victories and three wins in his last four fights. This win in front of his hometown crowd is something that he will never forget.
UFC Rochester Results: Felicia Spencer submits Megan Anderson in Round 1 (VIDEO)
This is probably the highest high Ive been, Green said. I wish I could just pause this moment and live in this moment forever.
UFC opponents Felicia Spencer and Megan Anderson have a common cause: Were fighting for our division
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After a slow start to the featherweight bout between Julio Arce (16-3) and Julian Erosa (22-8), Arce landed a booming kick to the head of Erosa that resulted in a TKO at 1:39 of the third round.
“I knew our paths would cross, so its better to just get things going,” Spencer said. “Anyone that comes, anyone that wanted to fight me, Im ready to go. Everyone has their own challenges, Megan included. I didnt want to overlook her by any means. Shes definitely still very skilled and talented. Everyone should still be on the lookout for her skills. I just thought my skills would be able to trump her skills.”
From that point on the atmosphere was electric as fans in attendance witnessed four more consecutive finishes.
When Desmond Greens signature song – Last Breath, by Future – hit the speakers on his way to the octagon, the hometown crowd erupted.
You could sense by the look on his opponents face that Jourdain was officially in enemy territory.
He didnt get the finish like he promised but his strong ground game and home field advantage was too much for Jourdain to handle.
Green injured his right elbow during the fight and will have a MRI as soon as he is done celebrating his victory.
A surprised look came across Megan Andersons face as she got up from the canvas on Saturday night.
Anderson, who was coming off a first-round TKO win over Cat Zingano, couldnt overcome the strong grappling skills of Felicia Spencer as she fell victim to a rear naked choke submission by Felicia Spencer (7-0) at 3:24 mark of round 1.
This is a tough loss for Anderson as she suffers the second loss of her UFC career. She shows a lot of potential and huge upside with her nasty striking skills, but this one might have her on the outside looking in.
Pereira (23-9, 2NC) toyed with Danny Roberts (16-5) throughout the fight as he climbed the side of the cage multiple times in an attempt to land a superman punch and even attempted a somersault kick.
He missed on both accounts but his unorthodox fighting style helped add to an already explosive night at the Blue Cross Arena.
Pereira finished Roberts with a lethal flying knee and punch combo right hand to the chin at the 1:47 mark of the first round giving him his first UFC win.
Green had the better of the striking in the first round and took Jourdain down with 90 seconds remaining. Jourdain landed some leg kicks in the second, seemingly growing in confidence as the round wore on.
Rafael Dos Anjos (29-11) has gone head-to head with the best welterweight fighters that the UFC has to offer in Robbie Lawler (28-13), Kamaru Usman (15-1) and Colby Covington (14-1).
Australian star Whittaker will be defending his middleweight title against Adesanya, the New Zealand phenom who won the interim strap against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 236. While Aussie featherweight Alex Volkanovski has also roared into title contention by beating Brazilian legend Jose Aldo recently, Anderson is running her own race.
His experience within the division was on display for fans in attendance and sent a message to the rest of the welterweight division.
In a grueling fight that lasted nearly four rounds, Dos Anjos wore down Kevin Lee (17-2) early on in the fight en route to an arm triangle choke 3:47 into the fourth round.
Past Spencer is long-time target Cris 'Cyborg' Justino, who unleashed a decade-long reign of terror over women's MMA – until she was toppled in brutal fashion by Amanda Nunes, a fellow Brazilian who now holds both the 135 and 145-pound belts.
At 34 years old, Dos Anjos is still climbing the ranks of the contenders list and will look to add two more fights to his resume by the end of 2019.
UFC newcomer is open to fighting Cris Cyborg after defeating Megan Anderson, and she may just get what she wished for.